Visiting with MLS Champions Atlanta United


Daniel had the opportunity to make new “Daniel’s Amigos” when he visited with MLS reigning champions Atlanta United at the club’s Training Ground. While there, he got a VIP tour of the impressive facility by the team’s Technical Director and former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra.

Suárez visited the Atlanta area, less than two hours east of Talladega,  NASCAR’s biggest track. Like most people form his hometown, Monterrey, Mexico, Daniel is an avid soccer fan so he really enjoyed learning about the state of the art facility.

The agenda was packed, He exchanged jerseys with the 2018 Season MVP, Josef Martinez, spent some time talking to the media about the April 28 race in Talladega and got to try on his new jersey and joined the players practicing some drills on the pitch.

Jersey swap with Josef Martinez
Daniel inviting fans to Talladega
Getting ready to get in the pitch

“Back when I was a kid in Mexico, I played a lot of soccer, it was just what we did, who knows what could have happened if I had kept playing regularly back then, but it came to a point I had to choose either soccer or racing.” said Suárez,

“Today, I was a little rusty, because I hadn’t been on a soccer field in a long time, but it was so much fun. These guys are pros and it’s been great to see how they prepare with their training – a lot like how race teams prepare and you can see similarities.”

After practicing some drills on the pitch, Suárez and a few players hit the “track” for a different kind of racing – Adult Big Wheels style.  The heated two-lap dash to the finish ended with Suárez in Victory Lane.

“No matter if you are in a race car or on one of those Big Wheels, I can tell you no one wants to lose,” said Suárez, who handed out special Coca-Cola “Daniel’s Amigos” T-shirts to players. Daniel made a lot of Amigos today with the players and some are going to come watch the race at Talladega.”